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Understand the One Spiritual Creation and Be Blessed!
Metaphysical application ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“God the Only Cause and Creator”
for the week ending June 7, 2020

By Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
Kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com 314-406-0041

The importance of understanding that God/Mind, is the only source of being in the universe cannot be underestimated. Just a few citations from Science and Health in this week's Bible lesson illustrate this point.

  • Citation S5 states: "Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human progress." (170:22)
  • Citation S3 states: "Mortals can never understand God's creation while believing that man is a creator. God's children already created will be cognized only as man finds the truth of being." (69:6-8)
  • Citation S19 states: "To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle [source] of all that really is." (275:10-12, bracketed word added).

These are by no means the only powerful statements concerning the importance of understanding that creation is spiritual. But they are representative. How much each day do we ponder spiritual creation? Why is it so important to our progress that we do consider spiritual causation?

This week we receive some answers to this last question, to why this consideration leads us to think differently about the body, about church, about religion. These thoughts about church and religion are not very traditional in nature, they are based on Christ Jesus' understanding of church and religion as born of the love for man and God that leads to active healing, blessing.

And, we find that there is a distinct link between the fact of God's spiritually blessed creation, and greater glimpses of harmony, abundance, health, safety, power. Without a spiritual origin that blesses, what do we do with genetic proclivities?— with anxiety that appears to stem from environmental challenges? What do we do with lack of any kind? It's a powerful question to ask, even more powerful to begin to answer!

Our Golden Text throws away the rules of mortal progression—not the only example of this in this week's lesson! Jesus asks: "Do you not say, 'Four months more, then comes the harvest'? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting." (NRSV translation of the Bible)
While Jesus may well have been referring to the fact that the true harvest is spiritual and that the "good news" or Gospel does not take time to sow and harvest, it is equally a powerful statement of spiritual causation and creation.

If a circle is the symbol of eternity, then how does planting "precede" harvest on that "circle"? If mortal creation is a non sequitur, then it is a question of broadening spiritual understanding that will yield reality, spiritual being. This may seem like a big "ask". But start small. We can start by asking concerning a false daily suggestion in our own lives, and move out from there.

We can pray about the current appearance of the covid pandemic from the standpoint of only one cause and creator. This disease is certainly no blessing. It cannot have a "trajectory" in spiritual creation that begins and ends. It cannot have a "natural" progression. These are suggestions of mortal or material creation being preeminent. Just allow, for a moment, the idea that disease never had a point of origin in the eternal "circle" of divine creation. Allow the idea to sink in, that perhaps we can reverse this appearance through a right understanding that Love never created such a thing, that there is no origin for it.

To annul any sense of origin for this pandemic and so end it, we have to be willing to allow the idea of this Golden Text to be literally true. Here is what Mary Baker Eddy says about this on page 125:28 in Science and Health: "The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed." Is not this statement one of spiritual, eternal, creation, ordered by Mind and not by material law or origin?

The harvest is the blessing. It is the result of the planting, cultivation, watering. Our Responsive Reading this week extols this blessing as an essential ingredient in spiritual creation. And this blessing is one of abundance, not just adequacy! In the first citation there is not even enough room for all the good that God will pour out on us as we bring in our gratitude (see p.595:22 for Mary Baker Eddy's definition of Tithe), our spiritual contribution, our harvest of spiritual healing.

Material law would tell us that our crops/spiritual inspiration and healing, can be "devoured" by insects, by fear/disease, etc.. But these citations emphasize the power of the Creator to shield us from these losses, or destructions—from fruit falling before it is ripe/losing spiritual inspiration and joy as we move toward healing.

Then, we have the Beatitudes, the ultimate statements of blessing, the state of being "supremely happy—blissful, from participating in God's kingdom"! With each statement of "lack" in each beatitude, we are met with abundant gifts, with spiritual generosity. Spiritual poverty is met with the gift of the kingdom of heaven. Mourners are given comfort, the meek inherit the earth! Every lack is filled to overflowing with God's blessing. This is the nature of spiritual creation. It is worth understanding that we have access to this blessedness because we are spiritually created.

Section 1: There is only spiritual creation, understanding this brings us harmony.

Whether we know it or not, God has "armed" or "girded" us with dominion and authority. We can think of this as Mind being the source of our intelligence; Love, the source our unlimited affection; Life, giving us every skill; Soul, every discernment and appreciation of beauty; Spirit, our discernment and inspiration, our individuality.

God's creation is not, never was, "ashamed" (Joel 2:26, B3)— never was part of the Adam and Eve myth model. God's creation is one of eternity and infinity—ranging "…from the infinitesimal to infinity…" (S1, 503:1). True religion teaches us of this spiritual creation. I can't help but notice how the marginal heading for Science and Health citation S4 is "Basis of true religion" (68:4). Is the basis of "true religion" a creed or doctrine? A set of laws or rules to follow? Is it something that follows a certain order in a service or certain leaders?

Mary Baker Eddy, and I, would argue that Jesus himself explains religion as the action of Truth and Love, expressed through the compassion of healing. Mary Baker Eddy links this marginal heading to "Sometime we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science." Meaning that an understanding of man as a spiritual creation is foundational to religion. This apprehension leads to peace/harmony. (S6, 506:10-12)

Section 2: A wholly different view of body as God creates it yields completeness.

Our understanding of our wholeness does not come from a deeper understanding of our material body. Physique yields only unending questions, doubts, and fears. Spiritual creation is not supported by material sense. This is why we get trapped by thinking our body can be a source of answers.

The principle story in this section is a weird one from Ezekiel in which God sets Ezekiel in a valley of bones and brings them to life. Isn't this another example of material law being set aside? Even if this is a symbolic story, it is profoundly so when we connect it to citations such as: "It is only when the so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life." (S12, 232:28)

The bones might represent material hopes, or "pleasures and pains". The true sense of life appears from the "death" of our material sense of life. I was also moved by reading that Paul's statement in citation B4 about us being the temple of God, is meant to point to a communal sense of all of us being this temple—that within this communal temple we should not engage in desecrating it through ugly disagreement. (I Corinthians 3:16, B3)

Ezekiel describes God as telling us that "…these bones are the whole house of Israel…" (Ezekiel 37:11, B5). Again, we have this communal body! These Bible citations are crowned with the blessing from Isaiah, that God will "…satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not" (Isaiah 58:11, B6). This is another statement in tune with the theme of the bounty of blessing that God bestows on creation.

The "sunlight" that Christian Science brings to the subject of the body changes our outlook completely. (S13, 162:4) We can find, that, as we look from the vantage point of spiritual creation only, we see our wholeness, or "self-completeness", that of which matter will never grant us a permanent view. (S14, 264:13)

Section 3: Church is created to heal.

Jesus heals the man with the withered hand in the synagogue in citation B8 (Mark 3:1-5). The church elders, instead of looking to heal, or rejoicing in healing, look to see how "they might accuse him." We might do well in church work to think how we are healing, and to make sure that we are not looking for ways to "accuse" or criticize others. When we disagree about things it is helpful to remember that while we may hold differing opinions, we are all still worthy, loved, spiritual creations. Human opinions, no matter how dearly held, are not spiritual facts.

I have inevitably found that inharmony in my understanding of church is instantaneously healed by praying with the mighty definition of church that is in citation S16 this week. If we find that we are seeing something other than what is happening in the second paragraph of this definition, then we can take a step back and realize that it is not church at all! How freeing to realize that anything outside this definition does not even belong to church, does not belong to our body, to creation, or to our collective "body" as church—("we…are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." (Romans 12:5, B9)

Section 4: When there is a question, ask if it has a spiritual origin.

Gamaliel was a Pharisee who stands out for his reasoned approach to handling the anger and envy of church officials over the preaching and healing work of Peter and the other apostles. These apostles walked out of prison, freed by an angel, and continued their preaching the day following their imprisonment. When reported, Gamaliel encourages the enraged church officials to allow the apostles to go free, pointing out that if their work stems from something human, it will come to nothing—while, if it is God inspired, then the Pharisees will be found opposing God. Isn't Gamaliel asking the question of his fellow Pharisees: "Does the apostles' work have a spiritual origin?" This is a great question for us to ask when we are finding ourselves confused, angry, hurt over what others are doing. And, if like Gamaliel, we aren't sure of our answer, we can let it unfold naturally and trust Mind to reveal to us what action we may need to take! If it has a spiritual origin, then there is nothing we can do to stop it! (And we wouldn't want to!) We can ask this same question of anything that comes across our path! Are we not feeling well? Ask: "Is this from God/part of God's creation?" No! Then, we have a spiritual foundation from which to proceed.

Section 5: A wealth of blessing comes from understanding God as infinite source.

The wrap-up of this wonderful lesson restates some of the earlier truths, much as a symphony might throw in a theme from early in the piece toward its end to emphasize the unity and completeness of the work. Our harvest is blessings. The cause of these blessings is the "sustaining infinite" (S32, vii:1)
And, this harvest of blessings is available now. We don't have to work to merit this blessing. Our "work" is one of gratitude, acknowledgment, growth, not labor to "gain” worth. God's creation is inherently worthy, and as we understand that more and more, we find ourselves not having "room enough" to receive the blessings bestowed!


[Warren:] Click later for (still in-progress) inspiring Bible Lesson GEMs from Cobbey Crisler & others.


Summer Update (as of May 31st):
As we pray with the motives of loving our neighbor, being law-abiding, acting with wisdom, and offering a camping experience that is consistent with our Christian Science foundation, we are feeling led to cancel our June programs onsite and to make several additional adjustments to our summer schedule and operations. At this time, we are still awaiting orders from the state and county related to overnight summer camps, still actively preparing for July programs, and still listening for God’s guidance each step of the way. Here are decisions we have been led to make thus far:

Tentative CedarS Camps Schedule for Summer 2020:

  • Session 1 (June 7-20): Cancelled
  • Session 2 (June 21- July 4): Cancelled
  • Session 3 (July 5 – July 17): Currently Proceeding (one day shorter)
  • Session 4 (July 19 – July 31): Currently Proceeding (one day shorter)
  • Family Camp (August 2-8): Currently Proceeding

We will be in touch with additional specifics about 3rd and 4th Session programs as soon as we know more. Thank you for your patience and support of CedarS as plans for this summer continue to unfold.

Until June 3, we will be pausing all new enrollments for 3rd and 4th Sessions in order to accommodate transfers from already-enrolled campers. We will re-open for new enrollments on June 3rd. We’re happy to answer any questions at 636-394-6162 or office@cedarscamps.org.

With great love for each of you,
Holly, Warren, Gay, Kim, and the CedarS Team

PS: Explore CedarS fun, Online Camper Programming (for June 15-20): We are planning to offer the option of an introductory online CedarS experience that supports our mission: “to give each camper an appreciation of spiritual sense and an abundance of wholesome, joyous activity.” We are developing programs for elementary, middle, and high schoolers. These will be part-day virtual programs, led by eager CedarS counselors, that include daily Bible Lesson study with a cabin cohort, camp songs, friendship-building activities, and opportunities for off-screen adventures. We’ll be in touch with more information soon!

Continuing to Sing: We’ll continue to sing hymns with you each Sunday this summer, either from St. Louis or from Lebanon! Click here for a Zoom link and numbers for today's Hymn Sing at 7pm Central Time.

We are working to demonstrate that "Of two things fate cannot rob us, namely, of choosing the best [summer yet and best fall yet!], and of helping others thus to choose." (Miscellany, 165:2)

  • Enjoy 14 minutes of pure joy! CedarS new inspirational and program videos are hope-filled visions of divine delight designed to help you choose the best thoughts and best programs for you and yours! Have fun choosing as you pick and click at www.cedarscamps.org/videos/

  • FYI, as more CedarS families are able to go back to work and enrollments pick-up in coming weeks, we plan to forward CedarS phone line 636-394-6162 so you can reach us at nearly any time to discuss your interests or to share your support.

    or you also can MAIL your tax-deductible support to our St. Louis area office address:
    The CedarS Camps, Inc.
    410 Sovereign Court #8
    Ballwin, MO 63011

    CedarS is a not-for-profit, 501-C-3 organization with Federal ID # 44-0663883.

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